When I first began working with my running coach Coleen in the fall, we reviewed the typical structure of her running programming, where she encouraged flexibility, you know, if life happened. Over coffee I remember her specifically making a remark that it was ok to do a long run on Friday, just that when we started the back-to-back long runs, the next run was still on Saturday.
I’m pretty sure I rolled my eyes to myself thinking that I’d never be able to do a long run on Friday. My schedule just doesn’t allow it. But noted. (Plus I’m all about the plan, stick to the plan.)
Injury happened after my first weekend of back-to-back’s in February, then there was a long hiatus until about a couple of weeks ago, where they crept back up in the plan.
Perfect! I thought. I had planned to go to Boulder and what better way to spend a weekend just exploring the trails AND getting my runs in.
I hit the road for Boulder that Thursday well aware that the weekend weather was less than ideal. I arrived early afternoon and my hosts encouraged me to go ahead and get a run in before the weather turned the next few days. It was absolutely gorgeous, and ironically, the first time I’ve run in short sleeves this year. I checked one long run (er, power hike – not immune to altitude I guess!) off my plan and reevaluated for the next day. Since I’d completed one long run that day, I was technically due for the second on Friday, when it would be snowing.
Thankfully, the snow wouldn’t be starting until mid-morning which would give me plenty of time time to run (power hike) up to Mt. Sanitas. And I did. The snowfall made for a perfect and picturesque trail run.
And it was official. Running long on Friday, folks.
Fast forward to present day, where I’ve just completed another long run on the local trails ON A FRIDAY. The weather was beautiful and my new scheduled allowed, so why not? Plus, it will be raining all weekend says the weatherman.
In short, one day your sticking to the plan, because it’s what you know and what works.
Then one day, you’re spending too much time in the Boulder Bookstore in the section with titles like “Take a Leap of Faith” or “You Do You” and then you’re doing your long runs on Friday. And it’s kind of excellent.